Life and Style Hair to the throne: Actor John Hurt

It has not been, we must report, a vintage year for facial hair. The prize for the annual Beard of the Year has had to be shared between The Choir's Gareth Malone, actor John Hurt and rugby player Geoff Parling.

`Mirror' raises stakes in row with Palace

THE WAR of words between The Mirror newspaper and the Prince of Wales's office heated up yesterday with the editor of The Mirror threatening to expose how St James' Palace leaks stories and the palace complaining to the Press Complaints Commission.

'Censorship' row over Royal story Palace of

THE PRINCE of Wales and the Mirror newspaper yesterday became locked in a row over alleged Royal censorship of a story about Prince Harry suffering an injury.

Leading Article: Make the polluter pay the full price

THE ENVIRONMENT Agency's attempts to bring corporate polluters to book is being undermined by the leniency of the courts towards guilty companies. The average fine is a piffling pounds 2,000 per tonne, although Wessex Water (1997 profits pounds 130 million) discharged 1 million gallons of raw sewage into a Dorset marina on last year's August bank holiday and was fined only pounds 5,000 with pounds 500 costs. One may well ask: `What's the point?'

After Diana: The Media - Drinking in the last chance saloon

After Diana: The media attacks on the media which followed Diana's death forced some restraint, but is it really now business as usual?

Hang on - do princes need helmets?

good grief. From the reactions to 13-year-old Prince Harry's exploits on an abseil rope on a dam in Wales, you would think that he had been caught eating beef on the bone or something. No safety helmet! yelled the tabloids. No safety rope! No safety boots! (Do they mean antigravity boots? Are they now in shops?)

`Foolhardy' prince criticised

`Foolhardy' prince criticised

All that jazz in smoky cellars

"PEOPLE are frightened of jazz," says John Dankworth CBE. "They think you have to be intellectual to listen to it, that it's not the kind of music that can be enjoyed but has to be studied. That's just not true. Someone needs to make that clear."

Film premiere opens a new world of Spice

The Spice Girls were on typically ebullient form last night as they arrived in London for the world premiere of their film Spiceworld.

Saturday Stories: A hit on tour, but will we ever learn to love Prince Charles?

Prince Charles attracted praise from a formerly sceptical press for a new warmth and ease, displayed this week on his trip to South Africa. But, asks Jojo Moyes, is this a real change of personality, or a calculated - and dangerous - ploy?

I've started it, now you can finish it ...

May I say straightaway that I intend to follow the general code of practice where the Royal Family is concerned, and that I have no intention of pestering Prince Harry or Prince William for their opinion on Scottish devolution?

Diana - The Last Farewell: Bishops, children, prime ministers and parents ... all wanting to say goodbye

There were millions of words of sadness and thanks, messages of condolence on scraps of card and paper, in formal books, even on the Internet. These are a small selection

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Purge on rifles and shotguns

A fresh drive against firearms, including tighter restrictions on the use of rifles, shotguns, and airguns, is to be launched by the Government. The move is expected to provoke a second battle with the powerful shooting lobby, which mounted a ferocious campaign against the outlawing of revolvers and pistols, introduced as a response to the Dunblane massacre.

why are they famous?; tiggy legge-bourke

Main Claim: Protectress of princelings, fierce mother lioness by proxy to the future regent, HRH Prince William. But not for much longer. After much speculation, tabloid announcements of terminated employment and her latest long-lens motherly cuddle with Prince Harry, it's official: Tiggy's going down the Job Centre. To be precise, Tiggy ('Alexandra' on her CV) is looking for another position now that her princes are pubescent.

Prince's bodyguard hurt in ski accident

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